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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2408809
(54) English Title: A METHOD OF AND A DEVICE FOR GENERATING A SIGNAL HAVING A PREDETERMINED QUALITY CRITERION FOR USE IN OR ON A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
(54) French Title: PROCEDE ET DISPOSITIF POUR LA PRODUCTION DE SIGNAL A CRITERE DE QUALITE PREDETERMINE DESTINE A ETRE UTILISE DANS OU AVEC UN SYSTEME DE COMMUNICATIONS
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • H04L 1/24 (2006.01)
  • H04L 27/26 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • VAN DEN BRINK, ROBERTUS FRANCISCUS MARIA (Netherlands)
  • VAN DEN HEUVEL, BASTIAAN MATTHIJS (Netherlands)
(73) Owners :
  • NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO (Netherlands)
(71) Applicants :
  • KONINKLIJKE KPN N.V. (Netherlands)
(74) Agent: SMART & BIGGAR IP AGENCY CO.
(74) Associate agent:
(45) Issued: 2012-09-11
(86) PCT Filing Date: 2001-07-06
(87) Open to Public Inspection: 2002-01-17
Examination requested: 2002-11-13
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
00202378.6 European Patent Office (EPO) 2000-07-07
01200038.6 European Patent Office (EPO) 2001-01-08

English Abstract




There is disclosed a signal having a predefined quality criterion for use with
a communication systems, a method of and a system for generating such a
signal, a method of testing the operation of a communication system using such
a signal and a (tele)communication system arranged for operating such a
method. The method for generating the signal having a predefined quality the
steps of: - representing a first signal (10) comprising a plurality of
frequency components each having spectral amplitude and phase properties, and -
processing the represented signal by arranging (11) its spectral amplitude
properties, and - processing the represented signal by arranging (11) its
spectral amplitude properties in accordance with the predefined quality
criterion.


French Abstract

L'invention concerne un signal à critère de qualité préétabli destiné à être utilisé avec un système de communications, ainsi qu'un procédé et un système permettant de produire ce signal, un procédé de contrôle opérationnel de système de communication utilisant ledit signal, et un système de (télé)communications fonctionnant selon le procédé décrit. Le procédé relatif à la production du signal considéré consiste à représenter un premier signal (10) qui comprend plusieurs composantes de fréquence ayant des propriétés d'amplitude spectrale et de phase respectives, et à traiter ce signal en manipulant (11) les propriétés d'amplitude spectrale selon le critère en question.


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CLAIMS:

1. A method of generating a signal having a defined
envelope of spectral amplitudes, said method comprising the
steps of:

- representing a first signal comprising a
plurality of frequency components each having spectral
amplitude and phase properties, and

- processing said represented first signal by
setting said spectral amplitude properties in accordance
with the defined envelope of spectral amplitudes, and
setting random phase properties;

- applying an amplitude distortion function to the
first signal;

- frequency shaping the distorted first signal.

2. A method according to claim 1, comprising
iterating said steps of applying the amplitude distortion
function, frequency shaping until a test of a shape of the
amplitude distribution of the first signal indicates that
the first signal satisfies an amplitude distribution
requirement.


3. A method according to claim 2, comprising checking
a crest factor requirement for the first signal after said
frequency shaping and iterating said steps of applying the
amplitude distortion function, frequency shaping until the
first signal satisfies the crest factor requirement.


4. A method according to claim 1, wherein said first
signal is represented by a set of numbers specifying a
spectral amplitude and phase of each frequency component


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during said processing step wherein the spectral amplitude
properties and the random phase properties are set.


5. A method according to claim 1, wherein said first
signal is represented by a set of complex numbers having a
real part and an imaginary part during said processing step
wherein the spectral amplitude properties and the random
phase properties are set, said real part and an imaginary
part in combination specifying a spectral amplitude and
phase of each frequency component.


6. A method according to any one of claims 1 to 5,
further comprising the step of transforming said processed
represented signal from the frequency domain into the time
domain before applying an amplitude distortion function.

7. A method according to any one of claims 1 to 6,
wherein the defined envelope of spectral amplitudes defines
a signal with at least one modulated carrier, with a defined
carrier frequency, carrier amplitude, modulation depth, and
modulation width.


8. A computer program product having a memory with
computer readable code embodied therein, comprising a set of
instructions in code format and executable in a
predetermined order on a processing device, wherein the
instructions when executed by the processing device cause
the processing device to execute the method of any one of
claims 1 to 7.


9. A device comprising processing means, memory means
and arbitrary wave generator means, arranged to generate the
first signal according to the method of any one of
claims 1 to 8.


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10. A method of testing the operation of a
communication system, said method comprising the steps of:

- generating a signal in accordance with the
method of any one of claims 1 to 9, and

- transferring said signal through said
communication system.


11. A system comprising

- means for generating the first signal according
to the method of any one of claims 1 to 10,

- modem means,

- cable means and

- processor means, wherein said processor means
are arranged for controlling said generating means, modem
means and cable means for automated measurement and/or
monitoring purposes.


12. A system according to claim 11, wherein the system
is a telecommunication system.


13. A method according to claim 1, comprising

- defining a predetermined time domain amplitude
distribution;

- comparing a time domain amplitude distribution
of said first signal with said predetermined time domain
amplitude distribution prior to said applying of the
amplitude distortion function, and

- selecting a non-linear transformation based on
said comparing so that the application of the selected non-
linear transformation changes the first signal in a way that


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makes its time domain amplitude distribution approach said
predetermined time domain amplitude distribution.


14. A method according to claim 13, wherein applying
the amplitude distortion function results in a signal g(t),
computed as a function Q{f(t)) of said represented signal
f(t) and wherein said function Q is defined as:

Q (x) = sign (x) .cndot. G-1 (F ( ¦ x ¦ ) )

with: sign(x)=x/ ¦ x ¦ for x ~ 0; sign(x)=0 for x=0;
F being said time domain amplitude distribution of
said represented signal; and

G being said predetermined time domain amplitude
distribution function.


15. A method of testing the operation of a
communication system having a modem, said method comprising
the step of superposing on a signal transceived by said
modem, a signal comprising at least one of a random noise
signal and a discrete frequency spectrum, said random signal
having an amplitude distribution in the time domain
according to a predetermined quality criterion and having a
spectral density in the frequency domain according to a
predetermined quality criterion, said noise signal
furthermore being composed of an array of random numbers.

16. A method according to claim 1, wherein the quality
of operation of a communication system having a modem is
tested, said method comprising the steps of:

- superposing the first signal on a signal
transceived by said modem;

- evaluating said transceived signal according to
a predetermined quality criterion.


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17. A method according to claim 16, comprising
iteratively arranging the design of said modem in order to
approach closer to said quality criterion for evaluating
said transceived signal.

Note: Descriptions are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


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Title
A method of and a device for generating a signal having a predetermined
quality
criterion for use in or on a communication system.
Field of the Invention
The present invention relates, generally, to communication systems and, more
specifically, to a signal for use with a communication system, a method of and
a system
for generating such a signal, a method of testing the operation of a
communication
system using such a signal, a test system and a (tele)communication system
arranged for
operating such a method.
Background of the Invention
1S
Among others, for testing communication systems and communication
equipment, such as xDSL transceivers and cables or networks, test signals are
needed
for stressing the communication system and the communication devices in a
manner that
is representative to actual deployment scenarios, with large numbers of
systems or
system devices per cable.
By measuring the transmission performance of the system or system device
under realistic (noisy) test conditions, one can improve the design of the
system or
devices and/or prove that their performance is compliant with standards, such
as issued
by ETSI, ITU or ANSI or other (tele)communication bodies.
A method of executing such performance tests is to generate a signal which is
known as impairment. More specifically, impairment can be subdivided into:
(r) cross-talk noise, having a noise profile characterized by a spectral
envelope
and spectral amplitude distribution e.g. from neighboring xDSL systems;
(ii) ingress noise, composed of discrete frequency components, also called rfi-

tones, having a noise profile characterized by a number of discrete frequency
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components and spectral amplitude, modulation depth and modulation width
parameters
originating from radio and amateur broadcasting, for example, and
(iii) impulse noise characterized by signal pulses caused by switching
operations
and components for example.
In the case of ingress noise, the frequency may vary (sweep) in time.
A device for generating impairment is known as an impairment generator and is
arranged, in particular for use in or on communication systems, for generating
at least
one of said cross-talk noise and ingress noise.
In practice, for testing whether communication systems and communication
devices are compliant with standards, various noise profiles have been defined
which,
among others, vary in accordance with system parameters such as the length and
number
of wire pairs in a communication cable and the transmission data rate, for
example.
Further, each different type or length of a transmission medium such as a
cable,
a copper cable or an optical fiber or other cable type, request a different
noise signal.
Methods and devices for generating noise profiles are known in the art. In
particular, filtering techniques and filters are known for generating noise
from an input
signal providing an output signal having a particular spectral envelope and
spectral
amplitude distribution.
However, by using filtering techniques and filters, a causal relationship is
established between the input signal and the output signal. Those skilled in
the art will
appreciate that such a type of signal is less suitable for a realistic
imitation of real
operational communication systems and communication devices.
WO 00/16181 discloses a method and a device for generating a random time
domain signal approaching a predetermined histogram of amplitudes. In a first
step, the
signal is created by filtering a noise signal, such as a white noise signal,
thereby
producing a signal having a predetermined spectral envelope. In a next step, a
non-linear
function is applied to the filtered noise signal, so as to produce the
required time domain
signal approaching the predetermined histogram of amplitudes. In a further
step, pulse
response filtering is applied to the time domain signal, to correct its
spectral envelope
and to obtain an output signal having a required spectral envelope. Both, the
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function and the pulse response filtering function are special functions
selected in
accordance with the spectral envelope to be provided.
WO 00/16181 is limited in the sense that there is only provided a time domain
signal only having a predetermined spectral envelope. WO 00/16181 is silent
with
respect to other quality criterion's to be imposed on the time domain signal
to be
provided, among others phase properties.
Summary of the Invention
It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved signal for use
with
communication systems and communication devices, in particular for testing
such
systems and devices in accordance with predef ned (standardized) noise
profiles.
In a first aspect of the present invention, there is disclosed a method of
arranging
a signal having a predefined quality criterion, preferably for use in or on a
communication system, the method comprising the steps of
- representing a first signal comprising a plurality of frequency components
each
having spectral amplitude and phase properties, and
- processing the represented first signal by arranging the spectral amplitude
properties in accordance with the or each predefined quality criterion, and
arranging
random phase properties.
The traditional way of modifying the envelope of a spectrum is the usage of a
digital filter bank. This is far from ideal since, for the purpose of the
present invention,
no causal relationship between the represented first signal and the signal to
be provided
has to be established. This understanding of matters in accordance with the
present
invention simplifies the approach of frequency shaping significantly.
Starting from a first signal having random phase properties, frequency shaping
of the represented first signal may be an adequate operation to provide a
signal meeting
the predefined quality criteria, for example. Frequency shaping in accordance
with the
present invention can be performed in several ways.
In an embodiment of the invention, the first signal is represented by a first
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numbers specifying a spectral amplitude and phase of each frequency component.
Scaling of the spectral amplitude of each frequency component suffices to
effect
frequency shaping of the represented signal in the frequency domain, while
maintaining
the random phase properties of the signal.
In a further embodiment of the invention, the first signal is represented by a
second set of complex numbers having a real part and an imaginary part, which
parts in
combination specify a spectral amplitude and phase of each frequency
component.
Frequency shaping is effected by adequately scaling the complex numbers,
however
such to maintain random phase properties after scaling of the represented
first signal.
I0 In a yet further embodiment of the invention, the first signal is
represented by a
third set of numbers each specifying an amplitude of the first signal in the
time domain.
By transforming this third set of numbers from the time domain into the
frequency
domain using, for example, a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithm, the first
signal is
represented by a fourth set of numbers specifying a spectral amplitude and
phase of each
1 S frequency component. This fourth set of numbers can be further processed
by a
frequency shaping operation, as disclosed above in connection with the first
set of
numbers.
However, the third set of numbers may also be transformed, in accordance with
the invention, from the time domain into the frequency domain for representing
the first
20 signal by a fifth set of complex numbers having a real part and an
imaginary part. As
disclosed above, for the purpose of frequency shaping, the fifth set of
complex numbers
has to be adequately scaled.
In the case of a represented first signal having non-random phase properties,
random phase properties can be approached by properly arranging the second,
fourth
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Scaling in the frequency domain can be invoked by multiplication operations,
using real or complex scaling factors. The scaling factor for multiplication
of the
spectral amplitude of a frequency component is found by dividing its desired
value by
its actual spectral amplitude.
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invention, in order to achieve a closer match to the or each predefined
quality criterion,
post-processing of the processed represented first signal is provided.
For use in or on a communications system in accordance with the present
invention, however, the represented first signal thus arranged in the
frequency domain
5 has to be transformed into the time domain using, for example, an Inverse
Fast Fourier
Transform (IFFT) algorithm.
Further, the processing steps disclosed above may also a include operations
such
as convolution or deconvolution or multiplication or add-on of signals.
In the time domain, the processed represented first signal meeting the or each
predefined
quality criterion may be represented among others by a sixth set of numbers in
the time
domain.
However, with the above approach the signal provided, meeting a quality
criterion in the frequency domain, such as a predefined envelope of spectral
amplitudes
and random phase properties, may not yet meet a quality criterion in the time
domain,
such as a predefined time domain amplitude distribution.
In a yet further embodiment of the method according to the invention, the or
each predefined quality criterion comprises any of a group including a
predefined time
domain amplitude distribution and a predefined envelope of spectral
amplitudes.
Accordingly, in a further embodiment of the method according to the invention,
the processed represented first signal is arranged in accordance with a
predefined time
domain amplitude distribution.
In a still further embodiment of the method according to the invention, the
processed represented first signal is arranged in accordance with a predefined
envelope
of spectral amplitudes.
For providing a signal which accurately meets predefined quality criteria in
both
the frequency and time domain, according to the invention, at least one of the
time
domain amplitude distribution and the envelope of spectral amplitudes is
approached by
an iteration process. Amplitude and frequency shaping may be repeated as often
as
required until both shapes meet the requirements within reasonable accuracy.
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comparison, after any iteration step, of any of the time domain amplitude
distribution
and envelope of spectral amplitudes of the processed represented first signal
with a
predefined time domain amplitude distribution and predefined envelope of
spectral
amplitudes.
It has been observed that there is no need to perform a full time domain
characteristic check after frequency shaping to figure out whether the time
domain
characteristics are close enough to the requirements. A simple check of the
crest factor
requirement has proven to be adequate in practice to enable the decision
whether to stop
or to continue with the iteration. The crest factor of the signal is defined
as the relation
of the maximum or peak amplitude of the tones of the signal compared to the
average ~or
rms value of the tones of the signal.
The method according to the invention as disclosed above is, in particular,
suitable for generating, among others, cross-talk noise.
If a signal having the characteristics of ingress noise is to be generated, in
a
second aspect of the method according to the invention, the or each predefined
quality
criterion comprises at least one modulated carrier, the or each modulated
carrier
including any of a group comprised of a carrier frequency, a carrier
amplitude, a
modulation depth, and a modulation width.
By shaping the represented first signal in accordance with a quality criterion
ar
quality criteria indicated above, a signal representing a particular type of
ingress noise,
having a particular time domain amplitude distribution, and a predefined
envelope of
spectral amplitudes can be easily and very efficiently provided.
In accordance with the method of the present invention, the signal meeting the
or
each predefined quality criterion can be provided by combining a plurality of
signals
processed as disclosed above.
For use of the signal in, for example, the testing of a communication network
or
a communication device, the processed represented signal has to be transformed
from
the frequency domain into the time domain using, among others, a FFT
algorithm, for
example.
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with the first and second aspect as disclosed above. However, also other
signal
components may be included.
In particular, in accordance with the method of the present invention, the
signal
having the or each predefined quality criterion is a noise signal.
In a third aspect of the invention, a method is disclosed of testing the
operation
of a communication system, which method comprises the steps of
- generating a signal having a predetermined quality criterion in accordance
with
the method of the invention disclosed above, and
- transferring the signal through the communication system under test.
The signals can be generated and stored using a set of instructions in a code
format and executed in a predetermined order on a device. Such set of
instructions can
be software code compiled on a computer and stored in the computer or a
network of
computers or a floppy or CD-ROM or through the Internet. The software andlor
signals
produced can also be.stored on an Arbitrary Wave Form Generator (AWG) card and
the
AWG can be used to generate the signals or to reproduce stored signals from
the
memory. It is therefore possible to have a library of signals available stored
on a data
carrier that can be used in the execution or use of the method according to
the invention.
The communication systems can be devices such as xDSL modems, or chips
within or for such modems, or cables in the network, or networks for (tele)-
communication.
In a fourth aspect of the present invention a further method is disclosed of
arranging a signal for use on or in a communication system. Preferably the
signal is a
noise signal. The signal may comprise crosstalk noise that is a random signal
with
predetermined properties in the frequency domain and in the time domain. The
signal
can fluthermore comprise rfi-tones that have a discrete frequency spectrum.
Also other
signal components can be included in the signal.
The method comprising the steps of
- representing a first signal in time domain having a time domain amplitude
distribution, the signal having a spectral density in the frequency domain,
thereby
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- processing the represented signal in accordance with a non-linear
transformation, the non-linear transformation achieving at least one
predefined quality
criterion,
- the time domain amplitude distribution of the represented signal being
processed at least with an inverse function of a predetermined time domain
amplitude
distribution.
The method may further comprise the step of comparing the time domain
amplitude distribution of the represented signal with the predetermined time
domain
amplitude distribution, and thereafter arranging the non-linear transformation
in order to
achieve a processed represented signal having a time domain amplitude
distribution
approaching the predetermined time domain amplitude distribution.
In a fifth aspect of the present invention a method is disclosed of further
comprising the step of comparing the time domain amplitude distribution of the
represented signal with the predetermined time domain amplitude distribution,
and
thereafter arranging the non-linear transformation in order to achieve a
processed
represented signal having a time domain amplitude distribution approaching the
predetermined time domain amplitude distribution.
According to the fifth aspect of the invention the method can also comprise
the
steps of representing a f rst signal in time domain and with an amplitude
distribution and
the signal having a spectral density in the frequency domain, thereby
achieving a
represented signal, and filtering the represented signal in the frequency
domain
including the steps of evaluating at least part of the signal representation
in the
frequency domain and thereafter processing the represented signal in the
frequency
domain.
The methods of the fourth and fifth aspect of the invention can be combined.
The
methods of the fourth and fifth aspect of the invention allow to make a signal
in
different iterative steps that has a predetermined amplitude distribution
and/or that has a
predetermined spectral density or that has a amplitude distribution and/or
that has a
spectral density according to a predefined quality criterion. The predefined
quality
criterion can be the crest factor of the signal, that is the relation of the
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value of tones of the signal compared to the average value or rms-value of the
tones of
the signal. The processing steps as recited hereabove can comprise the steps
of a Fast
Fourier Transformation (FFT) or Inverse Fast Fourier Transformation (IFFT).
The
processing steps can also a include operations such as a convolution or
deconvolution or
multiplication or add-on of signals.
In the method of the fourth aspect, the amplitude distribution of the
represented
signal is processed including a function of the predetermined amplitude
distribution,
which can include an inverse function of the predetermined amplitude
distribution.
The method as recited of the fourth and fifth aspect of the invention can
further
comprise the steps of transforming the first signal in the frequency domain;
multiplying
the first signal in the frequency domain with a spectral envelope thereby
achieving a
multiplied signal; and thereafter representing the multiplied signal in time
domain.
In the methods, the first signal in its representation in the frequency domain
can
be generated as a set of random numbers, preferably complex numbers the
modulus of
the complex number characterizing amplitude, the argument of the complex
number
characterizing phase and the real and/or the imaginary part of essentially
each of the
complex numbers can be chosen according to a Gaussian distribution. Each of
the
complex numbers can be substantially equal to the amplitude of the
predetermined
spectral density.
In a sixth aspect of the present invention, a signal is disclosed comprising
at least
a random noise signal, the random signal having an amplitude distribution in
the time
domain according to a predetermined quality criterion and a spectral density
in the
frequency domain according to a predetermined quality criterion, the random
signal
being composed of an array of random numbers. The signal can further comprise
a
discrete frequency spectrum. The noise signal can be generated using a set of
instructions in a code format and being executed in a predetermined order.
Such set of
instructions can be software code compiled on a computer and stored in the
computer or
a network of computers or a floppy or CD-ROM or through the Internet. The
software
can also be stored on an Arbitrary Wave Form Generator (AWG) card and the AWG
can
be used to generate the signals or reproduce stored signals from the memory,
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therefore possible to have a library of signals available that can be used in
the execution
or use of the methods of the fourth and fifth aspect of the invention.
In a seventh aspect of the present invention, a method is disclosed of
generating
a signal comprising at least a random noise signal, the random signal having
an
5 amplitude distribution in the time domain according to a predefined quality
criterion
and having a spectral density in the frequency domain according to a
predefined quality
criterion, the random signal being composed of an array of random numbers, the
method
comprising the step of generating a random set of numbers using a set of
instructions in
a code format and being executed in a predetermined order. The method can
further
10 comprise the step of generating a discrete frequency spectrum, the discrete
frequency
spectrum using goniometry functions and modulating essentially each of the
discrete
frequencies with a noise characteristic. The random noise signal and the
discrete
frequency spectrum can be combined using a set of instructions in a code
format and
being executed in a predetermined order.
In an eight aspect of the present invention, a set of instructions is
disclosed in a
code format and executable in a predetermined order, the set of instructions
being
arranged for generating a random noise signal and a discrete frequency
spectrum, the
random signal having an amplitude distribution in the time domain according to
a
predetermined quality criterion and having a spectral density in the frequency
domain
according to a predetermined quality criterion. Such set of instructions can
be softwaxe
code compiled on a computer and stored in the computer or a network of
computers or a
floppy or CD-ROM or through the Internet. The software can also be stored on
an
Arbitrary Wave Form Generator (AWG) card and the AWG can be used to generate
the
signals or reproduce stored signals from the memory. It is therefore possible
to have a
library of signals available that can be used. The software can be C-code or
can be
compiled in a MATLAB environment.
In a ninth aspect of the present invention, a system for testing the operation
of a
communication system is disclosed comprising a set of instructions in a code
format and
executable in a predetermined order and compiled on a device, the set of
instructions
being arranged for generating a noise signal comprising at least one of a
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signal and a discrete frequency spectrum, the random signal having an
amplitude
distribution in the time domain according to a predetermined quality criterion
and
having a spectral density in the frequency domain according to a predetermined
quality
criterion. The test system according to this aspect of the invention can
comprise an
impairment generator for generating the noise signal.
The connection elements (transformers, active devices, attenuators, etc.) that
connect the impairment generator to the communication system that is tested
can have
an unwanted frequency dependent response. The unwanted frequency dependent
response can be measured for instance by generating specific test signals in
the
impairment generator. The unwanted frequency dependent response can be
compensated
by multiplying the desired spectral density of the signal divided by the
unwanted
frequency dependent response of the connection element.
In a tenth aspect of the present invention, a method of testing the operation
of a
communication system such as a xDSL modem is disclosed. The method comprises
the
step of superposing on a signal transceived by a the modem, a signal
comprising at least
one of a random noise signal and a discrete frequency spectrum, the random
signal
having an amplitude distribution in the time domain according to a predefined
quality
criterion and having a spectral density in the frequency domain according to a
predetermined quality criterion., the noise signal furthermore being composed
of an
array of random numbers.
In an eleventh aspect of the present invention a method of testing the quality
of
operation of a communication system is disclosed. The method comprises the
steps of
superposing on a signal transceived by a the modem, a signal comprising at
least one of
a random noise signal and a discrete frequency spectrum, the random signal
having an
amplitude distribution in the time domain according to a predetermined quality
criterion
and having a spectral density in the frequency domain according to a
predefined quality
criterion, the noise signal fizrthermore being composed of an array of random
numbers,
and evaluating the transceived signal according to a predefined quality
criterion.
Yet in a twelfth aspect of the present invention, a method of improving the
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comprising the steps of superposing on a signal transceived by a the modern,
superposing on a signal transceived by the modem, a signal comprising at least
one of a
random noise signal and a discrete frequency spectrum, the random signal
having an
amplitude distribution in the time domain according to a predetermined quality
criterion
and having a spectral density in the frequency domain according to a
predetermined
quality criterion, the noise signal furthermore being composed of an array of
random
numbers; evaluating the transceived signal according to a predetermined
quality
criterion; and iteratively arranging the design of the modem in order to
approach closer
to the quality criterion for evaluating the transceived signal.
I0 In a thirteenth aspect of the present invention, a telecommunication
network is
disclosed including a signal comprising at least one of a random noise signal
and a
discrete frequency spectrum, the random signal having an amplitude
distribution in the
time domain according to a predetermined quality criterion and having a
spectral
density in the frequency domain according to a predetermined quality
criterion, the
noise signal furthermore being composed of an array of random numbers.
The features of the above-described aspects and embodiments of the invention
can be combined.
The signal, the methods and the set of instructions recited hereabove will
allow
to have a better quality of signal transmission over media such as telephone
cables or
wireless media. A better transmission of signals allows for a broader
providing of more
services for the users of communication systems.
Brief Description of the Figures
Figure 1 shows, in a block diagram, a set-up for a performance test in a
communication system, using an impairment generator operating in accordance
with the
method of the present invention.
Figure 2 shows a flow diagram type of embodiments of the method according to
the invention.
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according to the invention for generating ingress noise.
Figure 4 shows a flow diagram type of further embodiments of a method
according to the invention.
Figure 5 shows an amplitude distortion (non-linear transformation) function
Q(x)
S that amplifies the high amplitude peaks or tones in a signal.
Figure 6 shows in a flow diagram an example embodiment of the invention.
Figures 7-11 show results that are obtained according to an embodiment of the
invention.
Detailed Description of the Embodiments
For the purpose of teaching the invention, aspects and embodiments of the
signal
and method and systems of the invention are described below. It will be
appreciated by
those skilled in the art that other alternative and equivalent embodiments of
the
invention can be conceived and reduced to practice without departing form the
true
spirit of the invention. The scope of the invention being limited only by the
appended
claims.
In an embodiment of the invention, a system for testing the operation of a
communication system such as a xDSL transceiver is disclosed. The set up of a
test
equipment for a high penetration of systems scenario in operational access
networks is
described.
A method is disclosed of arranging a signal for use on or in a communication
system.
The purpose of transmission performance tests is to stress xDSL transceivers
in a
way that is representative to a high penetration of systems scenario in
operational access
networks. This high penetration approach enables:
(i) component and system designers to quantify the performance and to use it
to
improve their design and to prove compliance with standards; and
(ii) operators to define deployment rules that apply to most operational
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Figure 1 illustrates the functional description of a possible test set-up 1.
It
includes:
~ a test loop 2, being a real cable or a cable simulator;
~ an adding element 3 to inject impairment noise into the test loop 2;
S ~ a high impedance, and well balanced differential voltage probe 4,
connected with
level detectors S such as a spectrum analyser or an rms volt meter, for
example, (not
shown), and
~ xDSL transceivers (modems) 6, 7 under test.
When external splatters are required for the xDSL system under test (for POTS
or ISDN
signals), these splatter can be included in the modems 6, 7 under test.
The signal flow through the test equipment set-up 1 is from port Tx to port
Rx,
which means that measuring upstream and downstream performance requires an
interchange of transceiver position and test "cable" ends. The received signal
level at
port Rx is the level, measured between node A2 and B2, when port Tx as well as
port
1 S Rx are terminated with the xDSL transceivers (modems) 6, 7 under test. The
impairment
generator 8 is switched off during this measurement. The transmitted signal
level at port
Tx is the level, measured between node Al and B 1, under the same conditions.
The noise that the impairment generator 8 should inject into the test set-up 1
is
frequency dependent. The noise which the impairment generator 8 injects into
the test
set-up 1 should be a realistic representation of a real (spectral polluted)
access network,
and is;
(a) dependent on the length of the test loop 2, and
(b) different for downstream performance tests and upstream performance tests.
This impairment noise, measured between node A2 and B2, is usually a mix of
random,
2S impulsive and harmonic noise (the rfi-tones). A set of characteristics is
identified as a
"noise profile".
The signal and noise levels are probed with a well balanced differential
voltage
probe 4.
In a fully automated test set-up 1 the test loop 2, 3 the voltage probe 4 and
level
detector S, the modems under test 6, 7 and the impairment generator 8 may
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Central Processing Unit (CPU) 9, as schematically indicated with broken lines.
Those
skilled in the art will appreciate that the connections with the CPU 9 may
involve data
links for remote testing by the CPU 9.
Definitions that are relevant for the use of the test equipment are the
following
5 ~ Probing an rms-voltage U,.",S [V] in this set-up, over the full signal
band, means a
power level of P [dBm] that equals: P = 10 x logo ( U""SZ/ Rw x 1000) [dBm];
~ Probing an rms-voltage U~",S [V] in this set-up, within a small frequency
band of 4f
(in Hertz), means a power spectral density level of P [dBm/Hz] within that
filtered
band that equals: P =10 x logo ( U~,52 / R~ x 1000 / ~f) [dBm/Hz];
10 ~ The bandwidth ~f identifies the noise bandwidth of the filter, and not
the -3dB
bandwidth.
Figure 2 shows schematically embodiments of the method for arranging a signal
Ui(t) i=1,2,3,... for use on or in a communication system in accordance with
the
invention. The signal may comprise cross-talk noise, that is a random signal
with
15 predetermined properties in the frequency domain and in the time domain.
As represented by flow [ 1 ] of Figure 2, the method comprises the steps of
representing a first signal comprising a plurality of frequency components
each having
spectral amplitude and phase properties, block 10 "First signal", and
processing the
represented signal by arranging the spectral amplitude properties in
accordance with at
least one predefined quality criterion, as well as arranging random phase
properties,
block 11 "Arrange", thereby achieving a processed represented signal.
The first signal may be represented by a first set of numbers specifying a
spectral
amplitude and phase of each frequency component. Further, the first signal may
be
represented by a second set of complex numbers, having a real part and an
imaginary
part, which parts in combination specify a spectral amplitude and phase of
each
frequency component. That is, the modulus of a complex number characterises
the
spectral amplitude whereas the argument of the complex number characterises
the phase
of the frequency component.
In accordance with the present invention, the represented first signal 10 is
processed to arrange random phase properties. However, starting from a
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signal 10 having random phase properties, for shaping the frequency of the
signal in
accordance with the predefined quality criterion, it suffices to shape the
spectral
amplitude of the frequency components.
The method may also comprise the steps of representing the first signal in the
time domain, in that the first signal is represented by a third set of numbers
each
specifying an amplitude of the first signal in the time domain. By
transforming the third
set of numbers from the time domain into the frequency domain, for example
using an
FFT algorithm, a fourth set of numbers is achieved specifying a spectral
amplitude and
phase of each frequency component. Likewise, the fourth set of numbers is to
be
processed by arranging the spectral amplitude properties in accordance with
the at least
one predefined quality criterion, as well as arranging its random phase
properties.
By transforming the processed represented signal from the frequency domain
into the time domain, for example using an Inverse FFT algorithm (IFFT), block
12
"Transform", the signal U 1 (t) having the at least one predefined quality
criterion is
eventually generated.
While the signal U 1 (t) meets at least one predefined quality criterion in
the
frequency domain, such as a spectral envelope and/or pre-emphasise properties,
it may
yet be required to provide a signal having a predefined quality criterion in
the time
domain.
As disclosed in flows [2] and [3] of Figure 2, i.e. block 13 "Amplitude Shape"
and block 14 "Frequency Shape", the quality criterion in the time domain may
comprise
a predefined amplitude distribution and/or a predefined envelope of spectral
amplitudes.
The method can also comprise the step of making a signal in different
iterative
steps, see Figure 2 [4]. Block 15 "Test Shape" and back coupling loop 16. Thus
the
signal can have a predetermined time dpmain amplitude distribution and/or a
predetermined envelope of spectral amplitudes and/or a spectral density
according to
predetermined quality criterion's.
The at least one predetermined quality criterion can be the crest factor of
the
signal that is a relation of the maximum or peak value of the tones of the
signal
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The signals can be generated and stored using a set of instructions in a code
format and executable in a predetermined order and compiled on a device. Such
set of
instructions can be software code compiled on a computer and stored in the
computer or
a network of computers or a floppy or CD-ROM or through the Internet. The
software
can also be stored on an Arbitrary Wave Form Generator (AWG) card and the AWG
can
be used to generate the signals or reproduce stored signals from the memory.
It is
therefore possible to have a library of signals available that can be used in
the execution
or use of the methods of the first and second aspect of the invention. The
communication systems can be devices such as xDSL modems 6, 7, or chips within
or
for such modems 6, 7, or networks for telecommunication.
The processing in block 13 "Amplitude Shape" in Figure 2 is done for achieving
an impact or control on the time domain characteristics. An amplitude
distortion
(transformation) function Q(x) is chosen that amplifies the high amplitude
peaks or
tones in the signal. A non-linear transformation function Q(x) can be
reconstructed from
the actual amplitude distribution function of the signal and the predetermined
amplitude
distribution function.
For a noise signal f(t) in the time period t in between 0 en T, the amplitude
distribution F(a) of the signal is defined as a fraction of the time that the
noise f in
absolute value is larger than a. If G(a) is the predetermined amplitude
distribution (such
as an enhanced-Gaussian, see below), and G-1 (a) is the inverse function
thereof, the
transformation function Q(x) to make an intermediate or final signal g(t) from
the noise
-' signal f(t) can be defined as:
Q(x) = sig~(x) ~ G-t ~F(~xI)) (1)
g(t) = Q~.f (t)~ ~ (2)
sign(x)=xl~x~ fox x~0; sign(x)=0 for x=0;
As a result g(t) will have the predetermined amplitude distribution G(a). Q(x)
in a
number of cases can be an analytical function but can also be numerically
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An example of an enhanced Gaussian function is as follows.
The amplitude distribution of Gaussian type noise is:
G(x) =1-e~f x (3)
with : erf (x) _ ~ f dt exp. tz ), (4)
0
and with 6 being the RMS value of the signal.
The "enhanced" Gaussian distribution is defined as:
G x - 1- a~~+erf x a+erf A 0Sx<A
( ) ~a. ~a~ ~ (5)
0 x>A
If VAS is the desired RMS value of the noise sample, and Cf being the
desired crest factor, choose:
A = Cf x V,~s , and
(6)
6=~((1+a) VZ,~s - AZ~a/3). ('7)
Typical values for a that have proven useful are of a magnitude between 0.001
and 0.01, and this represents the deviation of enhanced Gaussian distributed
from a true
Gaussian distribution.
In block 14, Frequency Shape, of Figure 2, the frequency domain
characteristics
of the signal are improved, as a posed-processing step to achieve a closer
match to the or
each quality criterion. The corrected frequency curve can be achieved, for
example, by
comparing (dividing) a predetermined spectral density through the measured
spectral
density of the (intermediate) signal U2(t). An example hereof is given in the
best mode
embodiment described in the sequel with a convolution of FFT functions.
In the part [4] of Figure 2, it is shown how an iterative procedure of the
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detailed here above may lead to a further improvement of the finish or final
signal for
use in or on a communication system. The iterative procedure, i.e. testing of
the
frequency shape by block I5, Test Shape, and back coupling loop 16, is
executed until
the predetermined quality criterions) are achieved.
Figure 3 illustrates in a schematic, graphic representation use of the method
according to the invention for the provision of an ingress noise signal.
As disclosed in the preamble, ingress noise may be characterised by a
plurality
of frequency components at discrete carrier frequencies fci, i=1,2,3, .... The
frequency
components at the carrier frequency fci each having a carrier amplitude Aci,
i=1,2,3, ...,
and, if applicable, having a modulation width, i.e. a number of discrete
frequencies at
the left and right hand side of the associated carrier frequency fci, as well
as having a
modulation depth, that is the amplitude of the side frequencies associated
with the
respective carrier frequency fci.
Figure 3 shows, in a graphic representation having a horizontal or frequency
axis
f and a vertical or amplitude axis A, by way of example only, a signal
comprised of two
carrier frequencies fcl and fc2, having a carrier amplitude Acl and Ac2,
respectively.
Around the carrier frequency fcl at each side thereof three side frequency
components are arranged, each having an amplitude A1. For the frequency
component at
carrier frequency fc2 on each side thereof two side frequency components are
arranged,
each having an amplitude A2.
In accordance with the present invention, for providing a signal having at
least
one predefined quality criterion, the amplitude of the frequency components
have to be
shaped, such as disclosed by the dotted lines I and 2 in Figure 3.
Starting from a represented first signal having random phase properties, in
accordance with the present invention, by the shaping of the amplitudes, the
random
phase properties are maintained in the signal to be provided having the
predefined
quality criterion.
Figure 4 shows schematically a further embodiment of a method for arranging a
signal for use in or on a communication system, in particular for use if
random phase
properties are already provided for. The signal comprises crosstalk noise that
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random signal with predetermined properties in the frequency domain and in the
time
domain. The signal can furthermore comprise rfi-tones that have a discrete
frequency
spectrum. Also other signal components can be included in the signal.
The method further may comprise the steps of representing a first signal in
time
5 domain and with an amplitude distribution and the signal having a spectral
density in the
frequency domain, thereby achieving a represented signal, and processing the
represented signal according to a non-linear transformation, the non-linear
transformation achieving a predetermined quality criterion. This is shown as
amplitude
shaping in Figure 4, flows [2-4].
10 The method further may comprise the step of representing a first signal in
time
domain and with an amplitude distribution and the signal having a spectral
density in the
frequency domain, thereby achieving a represented signal, and processing the
represented signal until a signal is achieved having a spectral density
according to a
predetermined spectral density quality criterion. This is shown as frequency
shaping in
15 Figure 4, flows [2-4]. The frequency shaping step can also comprise the
step of filtering
the represented signal in the frequency domain including the steps of
evaluating at least
part of the signal representation in the frequency domain and thereafter
processing the
signal representation in the frequency domain.
The method may also comprise the step of making a signal in different
iterative
20 steps, see Figure 4 flow [4]. Thus the signal can have a predetermined time
domain
amplitude distribution and/or a predetermined spectral density or a time
domain
amplitude distribution and/or a spectral density according to a predefined
quality
criterion. The predefined quality criterion can be the crest factor of the
signal, that is a
relation of the maximum or peak value of the tones of the signal compared to
the
average value of the tones of the signal. The signals can be generated and
stored using a
set of instructions in a code format and executable in a predetermined order
and
compiled on a device.
Likewise, the set of instructions can be software code compiled on a computer
and stored in the computer or a network of computers or a floppy or CD-ROM or
through the Internet. The software can also be stored on ari Arbitrary Wave
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Generator (AWG) card and the AWG can be used to generate the signals or
reproduce
stored signals from the memory. It is therefore possible tv have a library of
signals
available that can be used in the execution or use of the methods of the
invention. The
communication systems can be devices such as xDSL modems, or chips within or
for
such modems, or networks for telecommunication. In detail the following
embodiment
is shown in Figure 4.
Using software, random numbers are generated, block 16, "Create Noise". In
hardware white noise can be generated. The random numbers are filtered until a
predetermined spectral density is achieved. The random numbers that are
generated each
represent a frequency component. The necessary processing to achieve a
predetermined
spectral density is executed by scaling the amplitude of the complex numbers
and
thereafter an IFFT processing is done in order to make the desired noise
signal. Another
way of executing the method is to generate random numbers that represent the
phase of
each frequency component and thereafter the amplitude of the complex numbers
is
arranged to approach or be equal to a predetermined spectral density
The processing in block 13, "Amplitude Shape", is done for achieving an impact
or control on the time domain characteristic. An amplitude distortion
(transformation)
function Q(x) is chosen that amplifies the high amplitude peaks or tones in
the signal is
shown in Figure 5. The non-linear transformation function Q(x) can be
reconstructed
from the actual amplitude distribution function of the signal and the
predetermined
amplitude distribution function, as disclosed above in connection with the
equations (1-
7).
In block 14, "Frequency Shape" of Figure 4, the frequency domain
characteristics of the signal are improved. The corrected frequency curve is
achieved by
comparing (dividing) a predetermined spectral density through the measured
spectral
density of the (intermediate) signal. An example hereof is given in the best
mode
embodiment described in the sequel with a convolution of FFT functions.
In the flow [4] of Figure 4, like in the flow [4] of Figure 2, again it is
shown how
an iterative procedure of the steps detailed hereabove may lead to a further
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of the final for use in or on a communication system. The iterative procedure
is executed
until the predetermined quality criterions are achieved.
With the method according to the invention, as disclosed above, signals
representing cross-talk noise and ingress noise can be generated with a
device, such as
an impairment generator 8, see Figure 1, which may be arranged for providing a
signal
comprised of both a cross-talk noise signal and an ingress noise signal, while
other
signal components may be added to the output signal to be provided, if
required.
The signal to be provided, in an embodiment of the invention, can be
advantageously provided as a sixth set of numbers in the time domain, for
example an
array of numbers.
Figure 6 shows, in a flow type diagram, an example embodiment of the
invention, running on a Personal Computer 20. The impairment noise is
generated by
block 21, called SPOCS, comprising a block 22, "White noise signal", a block
23
"Spectral shaping", provided by FFT, a block 24, "Desired noise signal",
produced from
the output of block 23 by IFFT, the resulting signal of which is stored on an
AWG card
25. In the crosstalk scenario, i.e. block 26, a noise PSD is created, block
27, which is
further processed by block 23.
A best mode embodiment of the set of instructions of the invention is
disclosed
here below. The code given here below is compiled in a MATLAB environment.
Comments related to the functionality of the code are given after the % signs.
For a
person skilled in the art, the code provided is self explanatory.
Figures 7-9 show results obtained with the best mode embodiment. Figure 8
shows a plot of the spectrum of the generated noise sample plus the PSD of the
noise
profile. Figure 9 shows a plot of the generated noise sample in the time
domain. Figure
10 shows a plot of the distribution function of the generated noise sample.
Figure 11
shows a plot of the cumulative distribution functiopn of the generated noise
sample.
Figure 7 shows a graphical User Interface (UI) and settings of the AWG
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%______________________________________________________________________________
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function DemoImpair2;
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________________
DemoImpair2
S % Code, programmed in the Matlab programming language, that demonstrates the
basic algorithms of an Impairment Generator.
The demonstrated algorithms have full control over the predefined quality
criteria, such as:
- frequency and time domain characteristics (spectrum; probability
% distribution) when generating noise with continuous spectra
- carrier amplitude, carrier frequency, modulation depth and modulation
width, when generating noise with discrete spectra
Both types of noise axe calculated independently, and represented in the time
domain as arrays with numbers.
% Both types of noise can be made available simultaneously by adding these
arrays element wise.
(c) 2000-2001 KPN Research;
DEMO FUNCTIONS
% DemoXtalkNoise - shows the process of creating continuous noise
DemoIngressNoise - shows the process of creating discrete noise
MAIN FUNCTIONS: Noise is represented as an array with random numbers
DefineShape - initialize all user-definable parameters
% CreateNoiseCont - generates continuous noise
CreateNoiseDiscr Fast - generate discrete noise, fast algorithm
CreateNoiseDiscr Slow - generate discrete noise, slow algorithm
FrequencyShape - modify spectral density of continuous noise
AmplitudeShape - modify amplitude distribution of continuous
% noise


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SUPPORTING FUNCTIONS:
CalcSpec - calculates the spectral density of noise
CaIcNBSV - calculates the narrow band signal voltage of
% noise
CalcCrest - calculates the crest factor of noise
CalcDistrib - calculates the probability distribution of noise
CalcCumDistrib - calculates the cumulated distribution of noise
CalcSmooth - smoothes a spectrum, like in a real spectrum
% analyzer
CalcEnhancedGaussDistribution - a sample of a near-gaussian distribution
CalcDemodulation - calculate the noise modulated on a carrier
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________________
Shape=DefineShape;
DemoXtalkNoise(Shape);
DemoIngressNoise(Shape);
%_____________________________________________________ ,.
____________________________________________
function [U,t]=DemoXtalkNoise(Shape);
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________________
demonstrates the generation of noise with continuous spectrum
e.g. for crosstalk testing
R = Shape.R;
CF min = Shape.Xtalk.CF min;
[U,t]=CreateNoiseCont(Shape); plot(t,U); title('Xtalk method 1'); shg; pause
[X,f]=CalcSpec(U,t); plot(f,X); title('Xtalk method 1'); shg; pause
[X,f]=CalcSpec(U,t); plot(fdBm(X,R)); title('Xtalk method 1'); shg; pause
[P,u]=CalcCumDistrib(U); plot(u,P); title('Xtalk method 1'); shg; pause
U=AmplitudeShape(U,Shape); plot(t,U); title('Xtalk method 2'); shg; pause


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[X,fJ=CalcSpec(U,t); plot(f,X) title('Xtalk method 2'); shg; pause
[X,fJ=CalcSpec(U,t); plot(fdBm(X,R)); title('Xtalk method 2'); shg; pause
[P,u]=CalcCumDistrib(U); plot(u,P); title('Xtalk method 2'); shg; pause
5 U=FrequencyShape(U,Shape); plot(t,U); title('Xtalk method 3'); shg; pause
[X,fJ=CalcSpec(U,t); plot(f,X); title('Xtalk method 3'); shg; pause
[X,f]=CalcSpec(U,t); plot(fdBm(X,R)); title('Xtalk method 3'); shg; pause
[P,u]=CalcCumDistrib(U); plot(u,P); title('Xtalk method 3'); shg; pause
10 for i=2:10
i
U=AmplitudeShape(U,Shape);
[X,f]=CalcSpec(LJ,t);
15 U=FrequencyShape(U,Shape);
[X,f]=CalcSpec(U,t);
if CalcCrest(I7)>CF min, break; end;
end;
20 [P,u]=CalcCumDistrib(U);
plot(t,U); title('Xtalk method 4'); shg; %pause
plot(f,dBm(X,R)); title('Xtalk method 4'); shg; %pause
plot(u,P); title('Xtalk method 4'); shg; %pause
25 %__________________________________________________________________
function [U,t]=DemoIngressNoise(Shape);
%____________________________,_____,___________________________________________
______________________
demonstrates the generation of noise with discrete spectrum e.g. for ingress
testing
R = Shape.R;
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[U,t]=CreateNoiseDiscr Slow(Shape); %gives same result
[X,f]=CalcNBSV(U,t); plot(fdBm(X,R)); title('Ingress method'); shg; pause
for ToneNr=[ 1:2]
[Uac,Uac rms]=CalcDemodulation(U,t,Shape,ToneNr);
plot(t,Uac); title('demodulated ingress noise of one carrier'); shg; pause
[P,u]=CalcDistrib(Uac/Uac rms);
plot(u,P); title('distribution of demod noise'); shg; pause
end;
%-
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function [Shape] = DefineShape;
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________________
%Create the noise profiles for the noise that should be generated, in terms of
- spectral density (in this example rectangular in nature)
I 5 % - probability distribution (in this example near Gaussian)
- tones and modulation
Spectra in Volt per sqrt(FIz)
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________________
Fmax=4E6; Fl=300E3; Fh=700E3; N=2~18; R=I35;
c~5.5; % desired crest factor)
cf min=5.1; % desired crest factor)
m N/2;
Shape.N=N; % number of time samples
Shape.m=m; % number of freq samples
Shape.dF= Fmax./(m-1); % frequency spacing
Shape.dT= 1/(N~Shape.dF); % time spacing
Shape.R=R; % impedance of desired noise source;
define crosstalk noise target (Spectral density & Amplitude Distribution)
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Shape.Xtalk.spec =(Shape.Xtalk.freq>=Fl).*(Shape.Xtalk.freq<=Fh)*(1/300);
Shape.Xtalk.DistU = O:cf/1000:cf;
Shape.Xtalk.DistP = CalcEnhancedGaussDistribution(Shape.Xtalk.DistU, cfJ; %P
Shape.Xtalk.CF min=cf min;
% define ingress noise target (RFI-Tones)
P dBm =[-70;-50;-60;-60;-40;-60;-60;-40;-70;-40]; % dBm @ 135 ohm
P=(10).~(P dBm/10)*lE-3;
Shape.Ingress.ToneU =sqrt(P*135); % U=sqrt(P*R); effective value
Shape.Ingress.ToneF =[99;207;333;387;531;603;711;801;909;981]*1E3;
Shape.Ingress.ModDepth = 0.32*ones(10,1);%=mod index > 0.8, at CF>2.5
Shape.Ingress.ModWidth = 2*4.SE3*ones(10,1); %_ -10 kHz .. +10 kHz)
%______________________________________________________________________________
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function [U,t] = CreateNoiseCont(Shape);
1 5 %________________________________________-
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create a noise voltage U(t), with predefined frequency domain characteristics
(spectrum), but with uncontrolled time domain characteristics (distribution)
N = Shape.N; % number of samples, to be generated
%U = rand(N,1 ); % Uniform distributed white noise
U = randn(N,1 ); % Gaussian distributed white noise
U = FrequencyShape(U,Shape); % shaped noise
t=[O:N-1]' * Shape.dT; % associated time axis
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function [U,t] = CreateNoiseDiscr Fast(Shape);
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Create a voltage U(t), with AM modulated carriers (RFI Tones); each having an
individual predefined frequency, amplitude, modulation width and modulation
depth.
The random phase of the lower side band of each Garner tone is mirrored to
% convert arbitrary QAM modulation into (no mirroring) into the more
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AM modulation (full mirroring)
%' Mark that X refers in this algorithm to the components of the Fourier
series
of the (near harmonic) ingress noise signal , while it refers to the
spectral density in case of the (pseudo random) crosstalk noise signal
Calculation time increases about linear with the number of samples
About 80% of all calculation time is caused by the inverse Fourier transform
%______________________________________________________________________________
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N = Shape.N; % number of samples
m = Shape.m; % half this number
Nc=TOUnd(Shape.Ingress.ToneF/Shape.dF)+1; % index of carrier freq (pos only)
Nm=round(Shape.Ingress.ModWidth/Shape.dF/2); % number of modulation
components
Xc=0.5*Shape.Ingress.ToneU; % amplitude of Garner amplitude
Xm=Shape.Ingress.ModDepth.*Xc.lsqrt(2*Nm); % amplitude of modulation band
X=zeros(N,1); % initialization
Xc=Xc.*exp(j* 1000*rand(size(Xc))); % random carrier phase
Xcc=(Xc.*Xc)./abs(Xc.*Xc);
for k=l :length(Nc) % for all modulated carriers, do:
Nmp=Nc(k)+[1:Nm(k)]'; . % locate upper side band
frequencies
Nmn Nc(k)-[ 1:Nm(k)]'; % locate upper side band
frequencies
Xmp=Xm(k).*exp(j* 1000*rand(size(Nmp))); % create upper side band
Xmn=conj(Xmp)*Xcc(k); % mirror lower side band
X(Nmp)=Xmp; % insert upper side band
X(Nmn)=Xmn; % insert lower side band
end;
X(Nc)=Xc; % insert all carriers
X(N:-l:m+2)=conj(X(2:ceil(m))); % Append spectrum


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(negative freq.)
%U= real(ifft(X))*N; % Transform to time-domain
U = real(fft(X)); % Transform to time-domain
10% faster)
t = Shape.dT*[O:N-1]'; % associated time axis
%__,_______,___________________________________________________________________
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function [U,t] = CreateNoiseDiscr Slow(Shape);
%______________________________________________________________________________
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Create a voltage U(t), with RFI Tones at predefined frequency, amplitude
and modulation bandwidth and modulation depth
This algorithm is straight-forward, very inefficient, and for demo purposes
only
It can prove that CreateNoiseDiscr Fast returns the same results
%______________________________________________________________________________
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N = Shape.N; % number of samples, to be generated
m = Shape.m;
f=[O:N-1]' * Shape.dF;
t=[O:N-1]' ~ Shape.dT;
Fc=Shape.Ingress.ToneF; % list of carrier frequencies
Fc=Shape.dF * round(Fc/Shape.dF); % force an integer number of periods
U=0;
for k=l :length(Shape.Ingress.ToneF);
% -- create noisy modulate, having U avg=0 and U rms=1.
Nm =round(Shape.Ingress.ModWidth(k)/Shape.dFl2);
Xn0=([ 1:N]<=(Nm+1 )) ; % shape modulation noise amplitude
Xn =XnO.*exp(j*1000*rand(N,1)); % shape modulation noise phase
Xn(1)= 0; % Eliminate DC component.
Xn(N:-I:m+2)=conj(Xn(2:ceil(m))); % Append spectrum (negative freq.)


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Noise = real(ifft(Xn)); % Transform to time-domain
Noise=Noise/sqrt(sum(Noise.*Noise)/N); % force rms=1
-- perform modulation
Carner = Shape.Ingress.ToneU(k) * cos(2~pi*Fc(k)*t+1000*rand);
5 Modulate = Shape.Ingress.ModDepth(k) * Noise;
U = U + Carrier .* (1 + Modulate);
end;
10
%______________________________________________________________________________
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function [U] = FrequencyShape(IJ,Shape)
%______________________________________________________________________________
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Reshape the spectrum of the sample U, as specified by the target shape
INPUT:
15 % U: the consecutive values of the sample
fs: the sample frequency
spectrum: the desired PSD (in V/sqrt(Hz))
%______________________________________________________________________________
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N = length(U);
20 m = length(Shape.Xtalk.spec); % m=N/2
t= [O:N-1]'*Shape.dT;
perform the frequency scaling
Scaling = Shape.Xtalk.spec ./ CalcSpec(U,t);
X = fft(U); % Transform to frequency domain
25 X(1) = 0; % Eliminate DC component.
X(2:m+1) =X(2:m+1) .* Scaling; % Scale spectrum (positive freq.)
X(N:-l:m+2)=conj(X(2:cei1(m))); % Append spectrum (negative freq.)
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%______________________________________________________________________________
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function [U] = AmplitudeShape(U,Shape)
%______________________________________________________________________________
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This function shapes the amplitude distribution of the function U
% by an amplitude dependent (non-linear) distortion function Q(x).
The result is U(t) = Q{U(t))
Let FF be the actual cumulative distribution function of the sample, and
°10 let GG be the desired cumulative distribution function,
% then the distortion function is given by:
Q(x) = GG~ f -1 } FF (x)
%______________________________________________________________________________
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UO=sqrt(sum(U.*U)/length(U)); %scaling farct (for normalization)
Calculate the distortion function Q
[DistPl,DistU1] = CalcCumDistrib(U/UO); % the actual distribution
Q = interpl(Shape.Xtalk.DistP, Shape.Xtalk.DistU, DistPl); % the distortion
function
U = UO *interpl{DistUl,Q,abs(U/UO)) .~ sign(U); % Perform the distortion
plot(DistUl,Q); shg; %pause
%______________________________________________________________________________
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function [X,f] = CalcSpec(U,t);
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calculate the spectral density of a signal, when it would be'measured'
at specified resolution bandwidth
RBW=1E3; %RBW: the desired resolution for the spectrum of U
N = length(U); m N/2;
dT = t(2)-t( 1 ); % time spacing
dF = 1 /dT/N; % frequency spacing
f-- [O:m-1]'*dF; % all positive frequencies
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X = abs(X(2:m+1)); % No DC and no negative frequencies.
X = sqrt(CalcSmooth(X.*X, f, RBW)); % average it over bandwidth RBW
%______________________________________________________________________________
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function [X,fJ = CaIcNBSV(U,t);
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________________
calculate the narrow band signal voltage of a signal, when it would
be'measured'
at specified resolution bandwidth
RBW=1E3; %RBW: the desired resolution for the spectrum of U
N = length(U); m=N/2;
dT = t(2)-t( 1 ); % time spacing
dF = 1/dT/N; % frequency spacing
f= [O:m-1]'*dF; % all positive frequencies
%X = fft(U)*dT * sqrt(dF); % to frequency domain
%X = fft(IT)/N; % to frequency domain
X = fft(LT)/N*2; % to frequency domain
X = abs(X(2:m+1)); % No DC and no negative frequencies.
%X = sqrt(CalcSmooth(X.*X, f, RBW)); % average it over bandwidth RBW
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________________
function [CF] = CalcCrest(U)
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_____________________
Calculate the Crest Factor of a signal (U(t), which is the peak value
divided by the rms-value
Urms = sqrt(sum(U.~2)/length(U));
Upeak = max(abs(U));
CF = Upeak/Urms;


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_______________________
function [F]=CalcEnhancedGaussDistribution(x,Cf);
%______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________
Generate a Cumulative distribution function F(x) that is identified as
% "enhanced gaussian distribution"
Cf = crest factor
Alpha = 1 e-3;
Sigma = sqrt( (1+Alpha) - Cf~2 * Alpha/3);
x = x .* (x>0) .* ( x<Cf) + Cf * (x>=Cfj;
denominator = Alpha + erf(Cf/(sqrt(2)*Sigma));
F = 1 - (Alpha * x/Cf + erf(x/(sqrt(2)*Sigma)))/denominator;
%_____________________________-
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function [DistP, DistU,P] = CalcDistrib(U)
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________________
calculate the amplitude distribution of signal U
N = length(U);
Nbins=100;
[cumbin,xx] = hist(U,Nbins);
dX=xx(3)-xx(2);
DistP = cumbin(:)/N/dX; % force sum(DistP)*dX
DistU = xx(:);
Urms=sqrt(sum(U. *U)/N);
P=exp(-0.5*(DistU/Urms).~2); P=P/sum(P)/dX;
DistU=[DistU,DistU];
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function [DistP, DistU] = CalcCumDistrib(U)
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________________
calculate the (backward) cumulative amplitude distribution of signal U
len = length(U);
Ueff = sqrt(sum(U .* U)/length(U));
U = abs(U/Ueff);
--- evaluate distribution function
Nbins = min([SO,floor(len/10)]);
[cumbin,xx] = hist(U,Nbins);
BinWidth=xx(2) - xx(1);
DistU = xx - BinWidth/2; % shift
for n = [Nbins-1:-1:1 ]; cumbin(n) = cumbin(n) + curnbin(n+1 ); end
DistP = cumbin/len;
% --- improve numerical stability for other routines, when they use this
result
DistU = [ 0 , DistU(2:end)]; % start at x = 0
DistP = [DistP, 1/len];
DistU = [DistU,xx(Nbins) + 0.999 * BinWidth/2]; % add final (single) point
DistP = [DistP, 1e-100];
DistU = [DistU,xx(Nbins) + (1.001) * BinWidth/2]; % factor 1.001 for stability
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function [PSD,freq]=CalcSmooth(PSD,freq,RBW)
%_________________________________________________,____________________________
_______________________
% Imitate a real Spectrum Analyzer, with finite resolution bandwidth, and
Gaussian shaped band filters
PSD = "power spectral density" which is de square of the "spectral density";
in
Volts per square Hertz.
%______________________________________________________________________________
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df = freq(2)-freq( I );
br = 3 * floor(RBW/dfj;
factor = 2*br + 1;
if (factor > 1)
5 ..ff= df * (-br:br); % smooth interval
..mask = exp(-f~*ff/(2*RBW~2));
..mask = mask/sum(mask); % Gaussian mask of resolution band filter
..xhelp = [PSD;zeros(2*br,l)];
1p = filter(mask,l,xhulp); % smart convolution
10 PSD = yhelp(br+1:end-br);
end;
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________________
function [Uac,Uac rms]=CalcDemodulation(U,t,Shape,ToneNr);
1 5
%______________________________________________________________________________
______________-_______
Demodulate the noise that has been modulated on the carriers of the discrete
noise, it is for demonstration purposes only to prove that the
discrete noise meets the predefined parameters.
20 % The demodulator uses synchronous detection, that is not locked in phase
The consequence is an unknown attenuation over the full demodulation band.
This is corrected afterward by measuring the DC level, and amplify the
demodulated signal until this DC level has been normalized to 1 Volt
%
25 % PROOF: (psi is unknown)
let Ur~cos(w*t+psi)*(1+Uac); % = carrier modulated with "1+Uac"
Uc =cos(w*t); % = carrier
Ud =Urf~Uc; % = synchronous detected signal
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Ul~cos(psi)/2*(1+Uac); % after low-pas filtering
% Udc=cos(psi)/2; %= by averaging Ulf
% Uac=(Ulf/Udc)-1;
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N=Shape.N;
Fc=Shape.Ingress.ToneF(ToneNr); %select carrier frequency
Fc=Shape.dF * round(Fc/Shape.dF); %force an integer number of periods
ModWidth=Shape.Ingress.ModWidth(ToneNr);
ModDepth=Shape.Ingress.ModDepth(ToneNr);
Ud=U.*cos(2*pi*Fc*t); % synchronous detection of modulated carrier
Nm=round(l .l *ModWidth/Shape.dF/2); % calculate filter frequency
mask=zeros(N,1); mask([l:Nm, N-Nm:N])=1; % create filter
Ulf=real(ifft(fft(Ud).*mask)); % perform low-pass filtering
Udc=sum(Ulf)!N; % find not normalized DC level
Uac=Ulf/Udc-1; % normalize overall level, and remove DC.
Uac rms=sqrt(sum(LTac.*Uac/N)); % must be equal to ModDepth, since Udc=1
Scale=Uac rms/ModDepth; % must be "one"

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